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Post-practice shooting contests propel Jackson in UNC men's basketball win over Louisville

Most of the UNC men’s basketball team has trickled out after practice. There’s a few coaches, some managers mulling about, but there’s no serious basketball being played. Now is the fun part. The group always changes — sometimes Kanler Coker joins, other times Brandon Robinson and Shea Rush — but there’s two stalwarts: Joel Berry and Justin Jackson. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chansky’s Notebook: A Team On The Brink?

How good are the Tar Heels? We really don’t know yet. UNC looks to be on its way to another ACC regular-season championship under Roy Williams, who’s won something like 16 in his first 28 years of head coaching. The Heels had a great home stand, knocking off 14th-ranked Virginia and No. 7 Louisville in two of the ugliest games of the season, yet both impressive wins. (Chapelboro.com)

Best Case, Worst Case: North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina is one of the top teams in college basketball right now. The only "cupcake" win came on Jan. 21 against Boston College (9-19). If this week marked the end of March, the Tar Heels would be competing in the Final Four. We aren't there yet. With a trio of games to close out the regular season, what's the floor and ceiling for the 2016-17 Tar Heels? (Hero Sports)

Tar Heels leave no doubt regarding ACC's top spot

North Carolina is the ACC's best team. After a shut-down 65-41 win against then-14th-ranked Virginia and a 74-63 defeat of No. 7 Louisville, it is clearer now than at any point this season that heading into the last 10 days of the regular season, the No. 8 Tar Heels are the league's best team. That's not just because UNC beat the ACC's No. 2 team, either. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings: UNC's climbing fast

5. North Carolina Tar Heels: Justin Jackson has pulled off the rare feat of nearly doubling his long-range volume (from 4.2 3PAs per 40 minutes, pace-adjusted, to 8.2) from his sophomore season to his junior campaign, while also increasing his accuracy by nearly 10 percentage points (from 29.2% to 39.1). (Sports Illustrated)

CBS Sports Top 75 NBA Draft prospects

14. Justin Jackson: For the team that needs a do-everything wing but doesn’t have a high enough pick to grab Josh Jackson; 39. Tony Bradley: He doesn’t play a ton, but enough that opposing coaches talk him up already; 50. Joel Berry: Prone to shooting outages, yet still at better than 41 percent from three for the season. 66. Kennedy Meeks: Elite rebounding. (CBS Sports)

More solid defense from Nate Britt a big part of UNC’s victory

Nate Britt’s UNC career has been full of shifting roles, different challenges, some struggles and stretches of outstanding play. His most valuable contribution this season has come on defense, and that never was more apparent than during No. 8 North Carolina’s 74–63 victory over No. 7 Louisville on Wednesday to take control of the ACC regular-season race. (Raleigh & Company)

Justin Jackson Building Awards Resume

Justin Jackson scored a team-high 21 points, using his body to get to the rim and using his shot to rattle home several 3-pointers. It was the seventh time in nine games that Jackson had scored 20 or more points, and it was the 10th time he had made at least four 3-pointers. He’s quick to credit UNC strength and conditioning coach Jonas Sahratian for his body development. (Inside Carolina)

The Primary Break: UNC-Louisville Quick Takes

With his 14-point, 10-rebound double-double, Kennedy Meeks passed Rusty Clark on both the all-time scoring and rebounding lists. He moved into the top 10 in rebounding with 939 in his UNC career. He should pass Eric Montross (941) for ninth place in UNC’s next game at Pitt. The top 8 all have 1,000+ career rebounds (Brad Daugherty is eighth with 1,003). (The Secondary Break)

Video: Rick Pitino Post-UNC Press Conference

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino speaks with the media following the Cardinals' 74-63 loss to North Carolina on Wednesday night in Chapel Hill. View Video...

UNC-Louisville Postgame Notes

This is the 25th time overall and the 10th time in 14 years under Roy Williams the Tar Heels have won at least 12 ACC regular-season games. The win was the 807th of Williams’ career. He passed Eddie Sutton for the eighth-most wins as a Division I head coach in college basketball history. Carolina is now 11-2 under Roy Williams in top-10 games (AP) in the Smith Center. (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams supports Rick Pitino in spat with fan

A halftime incident involving Louisville coach Rick Pitino and a North Carolina fan spilled into the postgame conversation Wednesday night at the Smith Center. Pitino became enraged when exiting the court during his team’s eventual 74-63 loss, a result that prevented the seventh-ranked Cardinals from pulling even with No. 8 North Carolina in the ACC standings. (Burlington Times News)

Video: UNC Players Post-Louisville Interviews

Several North Carolina basketball players spoke with the media following the Tar Heels' 74-63 win over Louisville on Wednesday in Chapel Hill. Here are their video interviews: Justin Jackson, Joel Berry, Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt

Roy Williams apologizes to Rick Pitino after incident with fan

UNC coach Roy Williams apologized to his Louisville counterpart, Rick Pitino, after Wednesday’s 74-63 victory for a halftime incident with a fan that left the Cardinals’ coach steamed. With his team trailing 33-30, Pitino left the court when a fan along the baseline said something that irked him. Pitino shouted back, having to be restrained by security. (Fayetteville Observer)

Lucas: ACC After Dark

Welcome back, old ACC. It’s 11 p.m. and do you know where your Tar Heels and 21,269 of their closest friends might be? They’re in the Smith Center, standing and roaring, not worried that tomorrow is a school day or there’s an 8 a.m. meeting or traffic in the Bowles Lot is going to be sticky. There aren’t many things in life for which you’d endure this. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Pittsburgh: 67
Sat, Feb 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. ACCT 8/9 Winner
Thu, Mar 9, 12:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#8 UNC85
at Pitt67
Jackson (UNC) 23 pts; Young (Pitt) 17 pts;
#10 Duke50
at Miami55
Jackson (Duke) 16 pts; Brown (Miami) 25 pts;
#18 UVA70
at NC State55
Perrantes (UVA) 16 pts; Abu (NC State) 12 pts;
#19 FSU76
at Clemson74
Rathan-Mayes (FSU) 15 pts; Blossomgame (Clemson) 24 pts;
Virginia Tech91
at Boston College75
Robinson (Virginia Tech) 13 pts; Robinson (Boston College) 25 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina13-325-5
(19) Florida State11-523-6
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(10) Duke10-622-7
Virginia Tech9-720-8
(18) Virginia9-719-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1315-15
Boston College2-149-20

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